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Policy

Why are we afraid of the caste census?

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  Bhanwar Meghwanshi The entire debate is centred on removing the caste column in the census questionnaire while the real problem is caste itself. Why is no one talking about annihilating caste? Caste census:Crucial for identification of weakers sections of society. Photo: AP In rural India, even today, the first words uttered by way of …

Features

From Khairlanji to Haryana: Do Dalits have human rights?

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  Karthik Navayan (This is a slightly revised version of an article written in 2006) The publicity that was given to the incidents of burning of five railway bogies and vandalizing of a hundred bus windows was not extended to the massacre of four members of a single family. The upper caste media widely, and …

Thought

Delhi Gang Rape Case: Some Uncomfortable Questions

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  Anand Teltumbde The brutal attack and gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in Delhi on 16 December 2012 provoked countrywide angry reactions and foregrounded the issue of increasing incidents of sexual assaults on women in general and rapes in particular. It compelled the otherwise apathetic administration to take several exceptional measures such as …

Features

Dalit Mahila Garima Yatra: Updates from the Karwan

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  Asha Kowtal Following the spate of media reports of gang rapes on dalit women in Haryana, several dalit organizations came together to express solidarity with the rape survivors and outrage against the institutionalized sexual violence on dalit women, by conducting a Karwan called Dalit Mahila Garima Yatra. In this photo-essay, through images we bring …

Atrocities

Gohana Atrocity: Caste Terror in Haryana

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[A fact-finding team of the Forum for Democratic Initiatives* visited Gohana on 4th September 2005 to enquire into the gruesome torching of houses belonging to the Balmiki community on the day of 1st September 2005. The team met the victims and their relatives; local college lecturers and primary school teachers who were conducting a survey …

Atrocities

Dalit Houses Burnt Down at Gohana in Haryana

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(First published in September 2005) A Preliminary Fact Finding Report By N. Paul Divakar, National Convenor, NCDHR, Dr. Vimal Thorat, National Co-Convenor, NCDHR, Ms. Shabnam Hashmi, ANHAD, Dr. Umakant, Secretary-Advocacy, NCDHR And Others ~~~~ Dalit Houses Burnt Down at Gohana in Haryana Gohana is a small Tehsil, a local administrative unit, in Sonepat District in the State of Haryana. It is situated about …